The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has welcomed its newest class.
In the performer category, JAY-Z was inducted by Dave Chappelle and former US President Barack Obama, according to People.
"Thank you, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for this incredible honor. And you know, growing up, we didn't think we could be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We were told that hip-hop was a fad," the rapper said during his induction speech.
The Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, and Tina Turner were the other artists honored as performers.
As a dedication to Carole King, Taylor Swift performed “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” while Jennifer Hudson performed “You’ve Got a Friend," People reports.
In a Tina Turner tribute, Keith Urban and H.E.R. performed “It’s Only Love” while Christina Aguilera performed “River Deep, Mountain High” and Mickey Guyton performed “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” per People.
The Early Influence Award was awarded to Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, and Gil Scott-Heron. The Ahmet Ertegun Award was awarded to Clarence Avant, a music executive.
The Musical Excellence Award was awarded to LL Cool J, Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads. LL Cool J, awarded by Dr. Dre, performed alongside Jennifer Lopez and Eminem with songs such as “Mama Said Knock You Out” and “I’m Bad," according to People.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was founded in 1983, but did not induct artists until 1986. The induction of new artists happens annually, but to qualify to be inducted, an artist must have released their first single 25 years before.
The 2021 induction occurred on October 30, 2021 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. HBO and HBO Max will air the ceremony on November 20, 2021.
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